Fort Gordon housing to get major upgrade

It's been 30 years since housing has been built at Fort Gordon, but that is changing.

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An aerial view of a new housing area called Lakeview being built at Fort Gordon. Lakeview will have 179 houses.  Special
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An aerial view of a new housing area called Lakeview being built at Fort Gordon. Lakeview will have 179 houses.

"We're on schedule for the first new homes to be delivered this summer," said Harry Bloomer, the project manager of GMH Military Housing, which took over housing on the Army post in May.

As part of a multiyear plan, existing residences will undergo major renovations and many will be built.

A majority of the current construction is in the Olive Terrace neighborhood.

In August, GMH and along with Fort Gordon officials, broke ground for the area where 116 dwellings will be built in the first stage of development.

Plans call for all of the units in the area to be townhouses or duplexes. They will have open floor plans with a combination living room-dining room. They will have four bedrooms, one-car garages and storage space.

Another new housing area, Lakeview, will be developed off Chamberlain Avenue near Gate 1. Land is being cleared in the area to build 179 houses.

Also under way are major renovations in existing housing, Mr. Bloomer said.

"They receive all new appliances. The bathrooms get all new plumbing," he said. "It's a complete upgrade. The walls are repaired. New flooring is installed. There are new light fixtures."

Gordon Terrace, with its multifamily units, is one of the most congested areas on the base, Mr. Bloomer said. These smaller housing units are being converted into larger ones.

The residences now are between 1,200 and 1,400 square feet and usually have three bedrooms.

The renovations include knocking out walls to make two residences into one, which will have a carport.

Other units will be torn down.

When the work is completed, Gordon Terrace will be reduced from 596 housing units to 310.

GMH has been in the military housing business since 1999.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

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mcdaniem 02/08/07 - 11:13 am
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This plan might sound good,

This plan might sound good, but I think it is a sell out for the soliders. I think they are getting a raw deal. Why would you want to give up your whole Basic housing allowance which is over 1,000 dollars per month, when you can go out and purchase a brand new home for less than the amount of BAH. And after one year they will be charged for utilities bills. In the past it was free utility. Its just another way someone pocket is getting fat, while our poor service members who is fighting for our country is getting ripped off. They are not getting the good service they use to get when the goverment was running the project. I hope someone will soon realize what's going on. And GMH will fall flat on their face.

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